UN-Habitat to highlight SDG localization, nature-based pathways, and risk-informed planning at the Philippine Urban Forum

The Philippine Urban Forum (PhUF) 2023 is envisioned to be a multi-stakeholder platform for policy dialogues, knowledge exchange, and sectoral partnerships and collaboration among various urban actors to promote sustainable urbanization in the country.

Spearheaded by the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development and UN-Habitat Philippines, the PhUF will be held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City on October 5-6, 2023.

UN-Habitat is spearheading three key sessions at the PhUF. Get to know our exciting line up below.  

Plenary Session: SDG Localization in the Philippines and SDG Cities Launch

October 6, Day 2 | 9:30am-10:30am | Meeting Room 4

With various programmes and projects on localizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as global tools and frameworks that guide these programmes for evidence-based implementation, there is a need for a harmonized approach under a coherent framework in order for governments and other urban actors to maximize the use and benefits of such tools. These include the New Urban Agenda (NUA), Global Urban Monitoring Framework (GUMF), Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs), and the SDG Cities Global Initiative.

This plenary session will underscore the important role of cities and communities in accelerating sustainable development, by presenting the SDG localization framework in the Philippines that harmonizes the various programmes and tools that could aid governments and other urban actors in localizing the SDG at the city, community, and family level.


  1. Present various SDG localization project and programmes under one coherent localization framework in the Philippines;
  2. Discuss the available tools and frameworks on localization that NGAs, LGUs, and other urban actors can utilize for a more effective, efficient, evidence-based, and harmonized approach to monitoring and reporting of SDG and NUA; and,
  3. Officially launch the SDG Cities Global Initiative in the Philippines and mobilize PH cities to join and benefit from the project.

Plenary Session: Nature-Based Pathways to Sustainable Urban Development

October 6, Day 2 | 9:30am-10:30am | Meeting Room 4

UN-Habitat will hold a panel discussion on nature-based solutions (NBS) and related restorative practices aimed at achieving sustainable urban development and resilience. It will include presentations on NBS principles and strategies, sharing of local and international case studies, and an open discussion with participants.

The session seeks to move past traditional solutions, and explore new directions to address major societal challenges such as climate change—in ways that transcend political boundaries, inspire a rethinking of systems and organizations, and place nature at the center of urban planning, design, and development.


  1. Establish the rationale for nature-based solutions, especially in the urban context;
  2. Present existing and potential applications of NBS in broad-based, multiscale resilience actions; and,
  3. Provide a platform for exchange of ideas and participant engagement.

Training Event: Risk-informed Planning and Decision-Making for LGUs using the Provincial Climate Risk Diagnostic Tool

October 6, Day 2 | 1:00pm-4:00pm | Meeting Room 5

In line with the above and following the thrust of DENR and UN-Habitat towards capacity development and knowledge transfer, a training session on local climate risk diagnostics (PCRD-CDRA) will be conducted on Day 2 of the PhUF. The primary goal of the training is to introduce the importance of using climate science and risk-based information to support planning and decision-making using the PCRD and enhanced CDRA methodology and tools. It also aims to deepen participants’ appreciation of the tools’ use in local planning, decision-making, and investment programing towards climate resilience.  


  1. Introduce PCRD-CDRA methodology and tool, and its application for risk-informed decision making and planning to build resilience and achieve sustainable development.
  2. Practice the analytics process through interactive group exercises using actual case information from provinces and cities.
  3. Learn concepts and tools on using risk analytics results for local planning, budgeting, and investment processes.
  4. Gather feedback on the opportunities and challenges in the use of the tool for local resilience-building.


The training session consists of substantive input presentation combined with group learning and practical exercises designed to increase participants’ understanding on the content/material, and to gain insights and feedback.

UN-Habitat is also collaborating with DHSUD and other partner in other sessions, including policy dialogues, sectoral assemblies, urban exhibit, and plenary sessions on financing sustainable urban development, Philippine NUA reporting, and resilient urban planning through smart tools and technologies.

Registration is still open! For more information and to register, visit https://philippineurbanforum.com/.

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